Posted On:11/20/2004 8:12pm
Style: Muay Thai, Kenjutsu
Okay, so I tried the Crossfit "Workout of the Day", 15 Squat Cleans of 3/4 of your body weight and 25 Double Unders. I do cleans to my chest all the time, but this was the first time I'd ever done Squat Cleans. I'm sure I was doing a lot of things wrong, but I really felt a lot of straining of my wrists, as I jerked the bar up to my shoulders and began to squat. Was that because I was too chicken to squat under the bar before it reached it's maximum height, and therefore torqued my wristS? Or because the bar wasn't sitting properly on my chest when I began to squat? Or because my hand placement was too wide? Too narrow? Or because my posture was such that I had to secure the bar with too much force from my hands? An explanation of what I was doing wrong, and how to fix things, would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
P.S. this workout was a killer! I did 4 set in 20 mins, and I was done for the day.
Posted On:11/20/2004 8:21pm
I think you'll just have to practice. Your wrist can be strained for any of those reasons you mentioned. Practice doing them with just the bar then slowly build up to an actual working weight.
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Posted On:11/20/2004 8:34pm
Yeah, I definitely should have done that. I seriously underestimated how complicated it would be to put squats and cleans together.
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Posted On:11/20/2004 10:45pm
Style: Judo, Jujitsu
Ok, let me clarify something. A clean to your chest without a squat is called a Power Clean. A clean where you bring the bar up and squat underneath it....... that's a Clean. Period. Calling it a Squat Clean is redundant.
In other words, you're not making it more complicated, you're just finally starting to do it RIGHT.
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Posted On:11/21/2004 1:11am
Style: Karate/Muay Thai
Whoa...pics of this so I can see? Compound-muscle exercise obviously? This is just to the chest, right? Not a clean and jerk power move?
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Posted On:11/21/2004 1:25am
Here is a nice video collection of the diffrent olympic lifts and additional lifts.
However, I'd suggest you get a certified lifting coach to have a look at your technique.
There can be very subtle things incorrect, which need an experienced eye to see them.
Posted On:11/21/2004 1:48am
The Power Clean just looks plain dangerous...LOL!
Posted On:11/21/2004 2:21am
Posted On:11/21/2004 6:51am
Thanks for correcting my terminology! I'm delighted to find out that I've been performing a "Power Clean" all these years. That sounds much more impressive than just "Cleaning!"
However, the description, and naming, of a "Squat Clean" was from Crossfit, and they seem to have several names for many different variations. "Cleans", "Squat Cleans", "Hanging Cleans", etc... sadly none involves any sexy women in a French maid's outfit.
And with that said, do you have any strong feelings, one way or the other, about Crossfit? With their claims of how their workouts are the best, the most realistic, used by Police and Military personal etc...they sound a little like the fitness equivalent to the RBSD people.
Posted On:11/21/2004 7:11am
AFS....Thanks for the link! Based on what I see in the videos from this page, I've been doing the Clean Pull High. If these videos are accurate, I can't claim to be doing the Power Clean, because I'm not performing the final placement of the bar across my chest, with my upper arms parallel to the floor. And that's probably why I was straining my wrists! Thank you.
I've only recently moved to Toronto and I haven't seen any Power lifting or Olympic lifting coaches in any of the gyms that I train, but if I find one, I'll definitely ask about some lessons.
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